Author Archives: Mike Pruden

Troopers cruise to victory in second round at state

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Troopers split the regular-season series with the Gillette Roughriders 2-2, but the Troopers didn’t hesitate to prove they’re the better team in Wednesday’s rubber match. Thanks to an 8-run third inning, Sheridan cruised to a 16-4 victory over Gillette in the second round of the Wyoming AA State Tournament in Jackson… Continue Reading

Cherishing sports memories

My grandmother died Monday morning after a quick but atrocious bout with cancer. That’s redundant, though. All bouts with cancer are atrocious. Cancer sucks. I’ve typed that two-word sentence far too often in this Wednesday column. But man does cancer suck. I tell you this not for your sympathy or kind words and gestures. Although… Continue Reading

SRD sees $200,000 decrease in budget

SHERIDAN — As expected, the Sheridan Recreation District will head into the 2016-17 fiscal year in the same position as most establishments across the state: on a much tighter budget. The SRD board of directors approved the $1 million 2016-17 budget Wednesday night. The budget came up about $200,000 less than the previous year. Despite… Continue Reading

Scores soar, times drop on second night of rodeo

Scores soar, times drop on second night of rodeo

SHERIDAN — Only one bull rider posted a score on the first night of rodeo. Things were different at performance two, though, as a number of riders capped off the evening with some top scores. None were more impressive than Fruita, Colorado’s, Tyler Smith, who went through quite a ride even before his eight seconds… Continue Reading

Simple acts of kindness

Sometimes, as fans of sport, we have to stop and realize what we are watching. We have to understand that there’s more to it than painting our faces and demanding personal enjoyment from the game we are watching. We’ll always have water coolers to meet at Monday morning and argue over Kevin Durant’s decision to… Continue Reading

Out of Focus: Cody sweeps Jets in error-riddled doubleheader

Out of Focus: Cody sweeps Jets in error-riddled doubleheader

SHERIDAN — Midway through the Sheridan Jets’ first game against Cody Saturday, Jets head coach Cody Koch called timeout and gathered his players at the pitcher’s mound. The Jets were trailing just 3-1, but the frustration was mounting and it ended up costing the home team as they were swept in the day’s doubleheader. Sheridan… Continue Reading

Silencing the critics

I’m sure you all were on pins and needles waiting for my NBA Finals analysis last week, and I’m sure you all were devastated when it didn’t show up on the sports page. Well, I was out of town all last week, and I honestly just forgot to send in my column. But it also… Continue Reading

Mailbag: What’s your summertime anthem?

Summer is here. They’re considered the dog days for a reason, especially in the sports world. Hockey is over, basketball is right behind it, and we still have four months until Major League Baseball playoffs. It’s the first summer in three years we haven’t had a World Cup, and it looks like the Olympics might… Continue Reading

Montana’s 3s bury Wyoming All-Stars

Montana’s 3s bury Wyoming All-Stars

BILLINGS — The 3s rained all over the Rocky Mountain College gymnasium Saturday as the Montana boys All-Stars cruised to a 102-81 win over the Wyoming All-Stars. Montana outscored Wyoming 27-16 in the final quarter to put the game away and complete the weekend sweep. The win was the 10th straight for the Montana boys.… Continue Reading

Big plays late earn Wyoming girls win over Montana

Big plays late earn Wyoming girls win over Montana

SHERIDAN — Natrona’s Emily Robertson and Gillette’s Jessie Geer came up huge for the Wyoming girls All-Stars, and Wright’s Kylee Tresch sealed the deal as Wyoming defeated the Montana All-Stars 71-64 Friday night. Robertson led all scorers with 20, and Geer added 18 as Wyoming snapped a two-game skid against its border rival. It was… Continue Reading

Comeback falls short for Wyoming All-Stars

Comeback falls short for Wyoming All-Stars

SHERIDAN — The Wyoming boys All-Stars couldn’t quite close the door on a late double-digit comeback Friday in a 93-79 loss to the Montana All-Stars at the Bruce Hoffman Golden Dome. The Wyoming boys turned a 16-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter into a 3-point game before a couple of turnovers and… Continue Reading

Handcuffing lightning and throwing thunder in jail

People called him The Greatest. Heck, he called himself The Greatest. And he probably was. He floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee, and was an iconic figure both inside and, more importantly, outside the boxing ring. Muhammed Ali’s death Friday hit the sports world hard. Any death of an icon is difficult… Continue Reading

The Chef vs. the King pt. deux

My NBA season preview all the way back in October predicted James Harden to win the league’s Most Valuable Player award. That was way wrong, per usual. Instead, Steph Curry repeated as MVP and earned the award unanimously — an NBA first — on his second go-round. The Chef cooked all season long, and now,… Continue Reading

Broncs wrap season with third-place finish at state

Broncs wrap season with third-place finish at state

SHERIDAN — When Riley Sessions was tripped in the box late in the second half of the third-place game at the 4A state soccer tournament Saturday, there was no hesitation amongst the Sheridan Broncs players as to who was taking the penalty kick. Zach Campbell was hanging out 100 yards away in his normal spot,… Continue Reading

SNATCHED AWAY: Overtime PK ends Sheridan’s title shot

SNATCHED AWAY: Overtime PK ends Sheridan’s title shot

SHERIDAN — It was as grueling a way to go out as a team can have. A penalty kick in the waning minutes of overtime cut the Sheridan Broncs’ state championship dreams short as they fell 1-0 to Laramie in Friday’s semifinal. “It’s very unfortunate when it feels like it’s been stolen from us,” Sheridan… Continue Reading

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